One of the areas which is becoming increasingly important to our clients is that of environmental sustainability and green issues, which has an impact upon all areas of an organisation and its operations. For members of the public sector this can involve a series of specific duties imposed from above, either from central government, or through governance and guidelines. For private and third sector organisations dealing with the public sector, there is likely to be a knock-on effect, as well as new opportunities. Many organisations now choose to adopt sustainable practices as a matter of preference.
Within Hempsons we have a range of specialists with expertise far wider than a traditional environmental law team. We can help you navigate your way through the legal aspects of any sustainability and green issues that impact upon your organisation, with NHS-specific knowledge to help you.
Key Services and Issues
You can find out more about the specific areas with which we can help you and the expertise and the experience of the lawyers involved by clicking on Key Services below.
- Carbon Reduction Obligations and Renewable Energy Strategy
- CHP / Waste to Power / Energy issues
- Environmental Compliance and Regulatory (waste, water, recycling)
- Green Leases
- Green Technologies and Consultancy Arrangements
- Sustainability and Green Buildings
- Sustainability and Planning
- Sustainable Procurement
- Waste Contracting and the Outsourcing of Environmental Functions
Specific examples of our work for each Key Service can be found by clicking on the links above, but here are some recent general examples.
- Advising Phaconsult, the sustainability consultants, for the Master Institute of Science and Technology in the Middle East in respect of a building designed to be self-sufficient in all of its own electrical needs by innovation and ambitious use of solar power generation.
- Advising on internal and external recycling schemes for clients, and providing them with guidelines and suites of simple documents for use in recycling transactions to help minimise risk in respect of regulatory and liability matters.
- Advising a client about double-charging of landfill tax and helping them renegotiate their waste management contract, enabling them to make substantial savings.
- We regularly advise on regulatory matters which remain highly confidential.
The best people to help you in respect of each Key Service can be found by clicking on the relevant Key Service link above. Alternatively, contact one of us and we will direct you to the most appropriate expert lawyer.
The firm has a strong foothold in the public sector market and regularly acts for health authorities.
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